Dear CBG Faculty, Staff, Fellows, and Friends:
March is coming in like a lion at CBG and KSG.
Here's just a top-line taste of recent developments and upcoming
- I am very pleased to announce the launch of
a new program at CBG entitled The Weil Program on Collaborative
Governance. This was the result of a generous gift from
Frank and Denie Weil, old friends and supporters of the Center.
Larry Summers, Joe Nye, and I will be making a formal and more
appropriate announcement about this commitment shortly. Prof.
John Ruggie has agreed to serve as Faculty Chair and he has
begun to assemble a first-class group of scholars to dig deeply
and distill lessons learned and best practices of what works,
what doesn’t, and why in this new frontier of collaboration
and governance. The Weil Program promises to pool together
the intellectual resources of our faculty by bridging the world
of scholarly inquiry with the world of practice by investigating
collaborative approaches and partnerships between business,
government, and civil society. You'll be hearing more about
the Weil Program shortly – and regularly. In the interim, if
you want to get involved, please drop John Ruggie or me a note.
- Intellectual output at CBG has never been
greater or more prolific. In addition to scores of published
papers in scholarly and professional journals, our faculty continue
to publish books on a variety of topics at the cutting-edge
of policy concerns:
-- Asia Program Chair Prof.
Tony Saich is out with Governance and Politics of China
(Palgrave Press), described by one reviewer as “a compelling
and authoritative text which reveals the sinews and tensions
of governance and politics in the world's largest nation”
and by another as a “lively, readable study of China's profound
– and profoundly painful – transition from Mao to market.”
-- Bob Pozen, who recently joined
CBG and KSG's faculty after departing as chairman Fidelity Investments,
has come out with the 2nd edition (Houghton Mifflin) of The
Mutual Fund Business, a comprehensive guide to how this
complex and strategically significant $7 trillion industry operates.
-- Jack Donahue and Dean Joe Nye
have hit the bookshelves with Governance amid Bigger, Better
Markets (Brookings Institutions Press), the latest in
the “Visions of Government” series, investigating how the growing
scale, reach, complexity, and popular legitimacy of market institutions
and market players are re-opening old questions about the role
of the public sector and redefining what it means to govern well.
-- And Assistant Prof. Archon Fung
weighs in with a provocative look at creative approaches to multinational
corporations and how to counter the “race to the bottom” in international
labor standards in Can We Put an End to Sweatshops? (co-authored
by Dara O'Rourke and Charles Sabel, Beacon Press).
- Prof. Richard Light has received generous support
from Atlantic Philanthropies, the William and Flora Hewlett
Foundation, and several investment bankers for his new Young
Faculty Leaders Forum – an equivalent of the Rhodes Scholars
program for future educational leaders. Under the umbrella
of CBG’s programs on business, government, and education, Dick
will bring 32 up-and-coming young educators from America's leading
universities twice yearly to explore innovative, nontraditional
forms of multi-sector collaboration in education – from accountability
and testing to the role of the private sector in the future
- General interest in the Kennedy School and
applications to a wide variety of our graduate programs are
at an all-time high. Reflecting, no doubt, the increasing
trust and confidence in government post 9/11, applications to
our Master in Public Policy (MPP) Program are up 50% for next
year’s class. Applications to our master’s program in international
development (MPA/ID) are up even higher. Applicants look extremely
talented and test scores have never been higher. CBG’s Prof.
Bill Hogan, who chairs the School’s doctoral program, tells
me that there have been 120 applicants for some 8-10 places,
and it looks as though we’ll have to turn away some students
who scored triple 800s on their GREs.
- In tandem with our intellectual research, we’ve
got a variety of special events that I’d like to take the opportunity
-- On March 7th
here at the Kennedy School, CBG is pleased to welcome Claude
Barfield of the American Enterprise Institute, a widely
respected authority on international trade, to our biweekly
luncheon seminar. He’ll be speaking on “The Future of the
World Trade Organization.” On March 12th, we are
thrilled to welcome back to the Center retired Prof. Mike
Scherer, speaking on “Regulating Petroleum Pipeline Rates.”
And later in the month, on March 21st, CBG Senior
Fellow Bill Overholt will address a CBG lunch seminar
on “Economic Reform in Northeast Asia: China and Korea Lead;
Japan and Taiwan Lag.” Please contact Amy Christofer at (617)
496-4624 if you’d like to attend.
-- On March 14th, CBG,
the Hauser Center, and the Center for Public Leadership open a
two-day conference on the challenges of effective leadership.
“Leadership 2002: Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice”
will focus on papers submitted by Rosabeth Moss Kanter of HBS,
David King and Richard Zeckhauser of KSG, and J. Richard Hackman
of Harvard College.
-- We’re keeping our CBG Leadership
Council engaged on a wide range of contemporary issues from
globalization to social security reform in two separate events.
Dean Joe Nye spoke with our Council just yesterday on “The
Paradox of American Power,” based on his newly completed book
in which he argues persuasively that the United States must engage
in constructive relations worldwide, with both strong and weak
nations, in order to ensure its survival. And on March 18th,
Bob Pozen will address the Council on issues of Social Security
and pension reform, having just completed his service to President
Bush on the Commission to Strengthen Social Security.
As always, please contact me if something piques
your interest and you’d like to get more deeply involved in our
varied endeavors. I appreciate your support, and look forward
to our continued collaboration.
All the best,
Ira A. Jackson, Director
Center for Business and Government